Ronlin Farms takes pride in raising quality Missouri Fox trotting horses and ponies. Our goal is to produce horses that are not only World Grand Champions but are also good using horses. We focus the training of our horses around the natural horsemanship programs that fit the individual horse’s needs. Many of Ronlin Farm’s show horses are also our trail horses. Our goal for our horses is that they become willing partners not only in the show arena but also on the trail or working on the farm.
Article below originally from Ash Grove - Celebrate the Harvest Edition 9-11-13 by Bob Lovett
If you're driving north on Highway 245 in Dade County bound for the quiet community of Dadeville, you will discover a change of scenery about a mile before you enter the city limits. What was formerly a dairy and cattle farm that once belonged to the Thomas Melton family has been transformed into a different kind of animal.
Ron and Linda Scott combined the letters of their first name to form Ronlin Farms, a state-of-the-art champion Fox Trotting Horses training and breeding facility. One section of the farm is also the new home of around 150 hair sheep(the kind that do not have to be shorn). These animals are raised for meat production and Ronlin Farms has a well researched building that includes lamb pens, sheep corral and pristine pasture surrounded by a fence designed to keep the sheep in and predators out.
There has been a lot of curiosity and speculation about what the Scotts are planning to do with the beautiful home and many out buildings and enormous arena that has overtaken the ridge where an old farm house and dairy barn used to be, not to mention the miles of white PVC fencing that surrounds the acreage. Owner Linda Scott graciously explained how her childhood dream came to be a reality.
Ron, born in Springfield during World War II, followed the migration of that era to sunny California to seek his fortune. His family ties to the Everton area would be the reason for eventually returned to Dade County.
Linda would often visit her grandparents in the Greeley, Colorado region where her love for horses first developed. Her grandparents lived on a farm and raised trail riding horses that Linda fell in love with and led to the dream of one day following their lead, only on a bigger scale.
Tragedy would soon change the course of this newly-married couple's lives. Ron had been following his possession of restoring and building hot rods in California and had rods in California and had become well-respected by his peers in the industry, even garnishing national exposure in renowned magazines that featured some of his cars. This vocation ended suddenly in 1996; four years after he married Linda, when Ron suffered a brain aneurism. The following year he suffered a heart attack, changing Linda's roll to caregiver which she readily accepted. Sadly the trails in Ron and Linda's life did not end there. Ron's son was a world-class water skier whose active life was cut short at the age of 46 when he suffered a fatal massive heart attach.
Then, a death in Linda's family would be the catalyst that would create the circumstances to allow her long time dream to finally become reality. Her step-father was a well know independent oil marketer in San Jose, California who was accredited with creating the concept of what we now call convenience stores. His enormous success in the industry earned him the prestigious "Oil Man of the Century" award in 1999 at the age of 97.
Linda took the reins of his legacy and invested capital in the community of Dadeville by purchasing the farm and neighboring farms and putting people to work on the many construction projects that have been ongoing since the purchase of the land in the fall of 2011.
Several local folks are on the payroll at Ronlin Farms filling the many duties entailed in running the large agricultural undertaking. Linda's dream has been transferred to blueprints that have erupted into matching white and green architecture all over the farm. The house itself is a masterpiece design that has two stories with living quarters down-stairs for Ron and Linda, while upstairs is where Ron's caretakers will reside. Every building on the farm is handicap accessible with no details left out, including the built-in-storm shelter that can accommodate a bed in the event of a catastrophe, and has a 10 second delay generator that will supply power to the house in the event of an outage.
The house comes complies with "green" technology to ensure environmentally friendly construction and every effort has been made to preserve the heritage of the land. Including a total restoration of some of the original outbuildings as well as carefully leaving certain trees undisturbed.
A guest house has been constructed for prospective buyers and guest of the family to stay. They also already have a heard of champion bred Fox Trotter horses that have many awards to their credit, and they plan to continue breeding specific champion bloodlines to their horses in the hopes of establishing their place of respect in the competitive industry.
If you're in the area, you might want to arrange a tour and hopefully you can meet down-to-earth, blue jean-wearing, plain spoken Linda Scott and experience the vision and dream that is Ronlin Farms.
Ron & Linda Scott
352 State Hwy 245
Dadeville, MO 65635
Farm Mgr: Carly Henderson